After defeating Robbie Davies Jr on points in an Struggle in Newcastle, lewis Ritson stayed in line for a WBA title Taken.
The hometown preferred made a career-best performance to pull in the closing rounds as Ritson obtained a unanimous decision at a WBA title eliminator with scores of 117-112??116-112 116-112.
In a opening five minutes, Ritson unloaded helpless hooks to stun Davies Jr, who tried to hit with power strikes of his own before the bell.
Davies Jr enforced his strength in the second, as he pushed Ritson into reverse ramming in human body shots, but the neighborhood hero fired from quarters from the next in hooks.
Ignoring a nose, Davies Jr resumed the brutal early exchanges at the fourth, and Ritson was quick to answer with his flurry of punches in the fifth.
The constant pace eased a little in the sixth, allowing Ritson to pump his jab out, alsoSandman delivered out hands that were more accurate across the seventh.
However, Davies Jr replied at the eighth with hands and bullied a weary-looking Ritson to the ropes at the ninth.
A flurry from Ritson drew roars from the crowd during a 10th and he raised his arm triumphantly after another combination in the 11th.
By the ropes, Davies and Ritson Jr traded in a final round to end a encounter.